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Join Jeff Bartels as he covers the most important features of this industry-standard drafting and design application in AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training. This course begins with a tour of AutoCAD's interface and the tools used to create basic shapes. It then focuses on the methods used to modify and refine geometry while emphasizing accuracy and good habits to build a solid design foundation. The course covers using layers, line types, and colors to organize a drawing file and explains how to efficiently annotate a design and prepare it for final output. Throughout the title, Jeff shares industry techniques used in production and reinforces concepts using practical examples. Exercise files are included with the course.
The best part about layouts is that you can reuse them. This means you only have to set up your 8.5-11 Inch layout one time and then you can use it for any other drawing you wish to print to 8.5-11 paper. In this lesson, we are going to learn how to plot a drawing using an existing layout. On my screen I have an architectural example. Let's say I'd like to plot this on an 8.5-11 Inch size sheet using our company title block. Now, we have already seen that setting up a layout from scratch takes a little time. But you know what, I don't have to set up a new layout, I already have an 8.5-11 layout in another drawing.
I am going to extract the layout from my existing drawing and use it in this one. I will do that by using the Design Center. I will start by pressing Ctrl+2 to open up the palette. And then on the left side, I will navigate to the folder that has the drawing containing my layout. I am currently in the Exercise Files directory. So I am going to close up the Chapter_13 folder. I will open the Chapter_15 folder, and the drawing that I am interested in is this one, 06_layoutPt3_finished.dwg.
I will click the Plus (+) icon to navigate into this drawing, and then I will select Layouts, and over here on the right I can see both of the Layouts that exist in this drawing. I'd like to use the Final Design Layout. So I will click, hold-and-drag this Layout into my file, and then I will release. And if you look right down here, you can see the Layout has been copied into the current file. So I am going to close the Design Center and then we'll take a look at the new Layout. It's important to note that if you copy a Layout from one drawing to another, the only geometry that comes along is the geometry that exists on the Layout.
All of the Model Space geometry is left behind. You know, I seem to recall that this Layout also contained a Viewport and I remember turning that layer off. So I am going to open up the Layer Control, and I will turn Layer Viewport back on. Then I will double-click inside the Viewport, and I will double-click the scroll wheel on my mouse to do a Zoom Extents, so that I can see my geometry. And that didn't work. You know why, because this Viewport is still locked. Let me click the padlock to unlock this.
I will do another Zoom Extents, there we go. Now I can see my geometry. The next step is to set this geometry to a measurable scale. I am going to open up the Viewport Scale Menu, and since this is an architectural example, I am going to be using these scales at the bottom of the list. Let's try 1/4? = 1'-0. It looks like that's going to be too big. I am going to open up the menu and I will try 1/8? = 1'-0. It looks like that scale is going to work perfectly.
So I am immediately going to come back down and lock the Viewport, and then I will jump out of the Viewport by double- clicking outside the Viewport boundary. At this point, I would revise my title block text as necessary. I am going to change this to ARCHITECTURAL EXAMPLE. I will revise the Scale as well. When I am finished revising all of the title block text objects, I will press Esc to exit the text command, and then I will turn my Viewport Layer back off.
Finally, to print this drawing, I will select Plot and I will click OK. And since I am printing this to a PDF, I will give this a file name. I am saving this to the Desktop, I will call this Architectural Example, and I will click Save. On my screen you can see an example of the finished plot. Imagine if you created a master drawing on your network that contained all of your typical title blocks saved as layouts. Anytime you needed to add a title block to a drawing, you could simply drag and drop the title block from the master file.
Layouts give you the power of automating your title block insertions and reduce the effort of plotting to a couple clicks of the mouse.
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